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Neurothemis fulvia?


Neurothemis fulvia?
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Copyright: Alan Cassidy (accassidy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1984-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax LX, Pentax F 100/2.8 macro
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-21 13:38
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Since I posted an earlier shot of this Dragon Fly, from a different side-on POV, I have tried to so some more research, but have not come to a definite conclusion about the proper name for this Nepalese species. I am sure that it belongs to the Skimmers (Libellulidae), the most diverse group of Odonata. They are large, medium or small dragonflies and non-iridecently coloured. Eyes are always broadly confluent. The wings vary in size, shape, width and colouration. This family has worldwide distribution and is represented by 1139 species. They breed in wide variety of aquatic habitats like puddles, ponds, marshes, rivers, domestic storage tanks and aquaria. Within Indian limits, 95 species are known, of which 50 species are found in the peninsular India.

Of the web images of Indian/Himalayan dragon flies, the one that looks most like my pictured species is Fulvous Forest Skimmer (Neurothemis fulvia). The following desription comes from K. A. Subramanian in Dragonflies and Damselflies of Peninsular India, A Field Guide.

Size: Male: Abdomen: 21-26mm, Hind wing: 27-32mm.Female: Abdomen: 20-24mm, Hind wing: 26-32mm

Description: A medium sized rusty coloured dragonfly with transparent wing tips.
Male: Face is reddish brown. Eyes: Dark reddish brown above, golden brown below. Thorax: Reddish brown. Legs: Dark reddish brown. Wings: Opaque dark reddish brown with an irregular triangular transparent area at the tip of the wing. Wing spot: Dark reddish brown. Abdomen: Reddish brown. Female: Many forms of females are found. Colour of head, thorax and abdomen paler than males or rusty brown. Wings are clear amber yellow with a dark ray extending to the tip in fore wing.

Habits and habitat: A dragonfly of wet forests. Usually perches on fallen logs and shrubs. A large number of them can be found together in canopy gaps and forest edges.

Breeding: Breeds in marshes associated with forest streams and rivers.

Flight season: Found throughout the year. However, large numbers can be seen between May-September.

Distribution: Forested areas of Oriental region.

This picture has been scanned, resized and sharpened for TN from an original 35mm slide.


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